Ms Brownlow sent me this wonderful treat for rewarding yourself after doing stanky work, like yard work. I can't use it because alcohol is an instant headache trigger for me. But it sounded so lovely I thought I'd better pass it on.
By the way [although this will do nothing for you if you can't tolerate alcohol], a super wonderful food reward treat thing I might give myself later this summer if I manage to do really really really a lot of getting my apartment in order before the end of the summer: rum, put in the freezer for a few hours so that it gets thick; and Sharon's Sorbet fruit ice, just about any flavor. You work really hard, so that you're hot and worn out and sweaty and messy. Then you take a nice long shower and wash your hair and rinse off all the dust and let warm water sooth some of the achy muscles. And then you barely towel off and take your still-damp self to recline in the most comfortable seat you have, just letting your muscles relax and enjoying the satisfaction of a job well done, and knowing you don't have to move again in all that heat. And you scoop some of the frozen sorbet into a stemmed wide-mouthed glass, and then you pour some of the rum syrup over it, and you lie back in your most comfortable chair and eat your treat slowly with a spoon, savoring every mouthful. And, because you don't have to do anything else or go anywhere else and because you've been so very very good, you can have a second helping. You can even have a third. More than that is not really a good idea.
I promise, on a very hot afternoon, when you've been working very hard, and you have lots of aching muscles and got yourself really sweaty and grimy, it is a wonderful reward. And I invented it!